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Community council wants more two-way streets downtown

OVER-THE-RHINE, Ohio (Brad Underwood) -- Driving through Over-The-Rhine can be a frustrating tangle of one-way streets and some residents want that to change.

For some of the streets in OTR it's been more than 70 years since traffic flowed in both directions.  Back in the late 90's Vine Street was converted from a one-way to two-way from Central Parkway to McMicken.  OTR community leaders now want to see that happen to Walnut and Main Streets in the hopes of boosting the ever growing business in OTR.

One-way on Walnut Street, one-way on Main Street; the two have been one way streets for decades.  The Over-The-Rhine community council asked the city to re-evaluate traffic flow and make the two streets two-way.

Carlin Manuel liked the idea, "I think it would be better for us if we had a two way because it would have more ways to come through and for people to see the business better.  When you see more cars coming down the street it would just be better I think."

The motive for change?  To inherit the success Vine Street has seen since it became two-way.  Over the past few years the explosion of retail and restaurant triumphs on Vine have set a good example of what could come on Walnut and Main.

The OTR community council said it submitted the request to the city in early August but has not heard back from the city.  Thursday, August 28 Local 12 talked with employees and owners of the majority of the business' on Main Street, all declined to talk on camera.  Some didn't even know the idea was out there to change the one-ways to two-ways and the majority told Local 12 they like things the way they are currently.

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